For lifelong Chelsea fan and photo editor, ‘Best job ever’

May 19, 2012 | By Simone Joyner | Sport
In April, I had a rare opportunity to work at back-to-back UEFA Champion League’s Semi Finals in Spain. I watched my team Chelsea, put on a heroic performance at the Camp Nou to beat Barcelona with 10 men in arguably one of the greatest matches in the competition ever.

As a lifelong Chelsea fan, it was a dream job for me to go and watch my team play in the biggest club football competition in the world, against the world’s greatest team, Barcelona.


Carles Puyol of FC Barcelona duels for a high ball with Fernando Torres of Chelsea during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final, second leg match between FC Barcelona and Chelsea FC at Camp Nou on April 24, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Barcelona v. Chelsea

The first semi final was at the Camp Nou. We had four photographers, including Darren Walsh (official club photographer for Chelsea FC). Editing for four photographers would have been too much for just one editor, so I looked after Shaun Botterill and Darren. I sat pitch side with the UK chief sports photographer Shaun Botterill, so as every incident unfolded on the pitch, we were able to move the images quickly on the feeds.

I can honestly say, my nerves were in pieces right up to the 91st minute in stoppage time, when Fernando Torres scored.  This goal confirmed Chelsea’s place in the UCL Final in Munich on May 19th.

At this point, I had no time to celebrate as the goal was at the opposite corner to where I was sitting!  I think I will remember that feeling of sheer joy and relief for the rest of my life as I ran round the pitch at the Nou Camp with a huge grin on my face.



Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid clashes with Franck Ribery of Bayern Munich during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final second leg between Real Madrid CF and Bayern Munich at The Bernabeu Stadium on April 25, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Real Madrid v. Bayern Munich

The second semi final was at the Bernabau in Madrid, I had three photographers to edit for. This time there was no room for me to wire pitch side. So I had to base myself in the wire room, a good 5-minute walk from the pitch. It’s not easy to follow a fast-paced game like football when you are the only editor in a room, at the back of the stadium, with no live TV transmission of the game – I was relying on live updates from the BBC sports page and listening to cheers coming from inside the stadium!


Editor’s note: Simone Joyner is a field editor for Getty Images who (unfortunately!) will be watching the May 19th final from the Getty Images office in Cannes. Still, Simone wishes the five Getty Images editorial photographers, six UEFA photoraphers, onc CFC photographer, two IT support staff, three GYI editors, one UEFA editor and others a great experience. Play on!


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